The Federal Opposition says some hunters of dugongs and turtles are pretending to be Indigenous so they can hunt the animals legally.
Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt says tougher regulations are needed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous hunters.
He says dugong and turtle populations are declining.
“The Indigenous leaders themselves are saying that those that don’t have a connection with a particular community are using the cover of that community,” he said.
“Much of the take which is done in their name, according to the elders themselves, is not done by the rightful people who have the connection with the country and the sea.
“It’s done by others who exploit their name.”